MADISON, Wis. - The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team is heading back to the NCAA Frozen Four after defeating Syracuse, 4-0, Saturday at LaBahn Arena.
Senior Annie Pankowski scored twice while juniors Abby Roque and Presley Norby each tacked on a goal for Wisconsin (33-4-2) in Saturday's' contest in front of 2,423 fans at LaBahn. The attendance matched the largest crowd in rink history.
After a quiet opening period, the Badgers got rolling in the second thanks to Pankowski. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-three finalist rifled in two goals in the frame, the first coming on a blast 2:33 into the period and the second coming nearly 10 minutes later to put UW up 2-0 heading into the final frame.
The Badgers extended that lead with 7:44 left in the third when Roque stole the puck, looped around the Syracuse (13-22-3) net and snuck in Wisconsin's third goal of the game.
Norby put the exclamation point on the win, scoring with just over a minute remaining to ice the game for the Badgers.
Wisconsin outshot the Orange, 47-15 in the victory. The Badgers are now 17-0-1 in games when they tally 40-49 shots on goal.
Junior Kristen Campbell made 15 saves to earn her NCAA-leading ninth shutout of the year. In addition, she earned her 33rd win, which matches the school record for most wins in a single season by a goaltender.
Three Notes of the Game
- Annie Pankowski's two goals in today's victory gives the senior co-captain eight goals in the five postseason games this season. The Laguna Hills, California, native now has 18 postseason goals, which rank third in school history behind Meghan Duggan (20) and Hilary Knight (19).
- The Badgers are heading back to the NCAA Frozen Four for the sixth-consecutive season, which matches the longest streak in NCAA history with Minnesota (2012-17).
- Wisconsin is now 23-8 in NCAA tournament games and has won its last 12 NCAA quarterfinal games. UW improved to 6-0 in NCAA quarterfinals at LaBahn Arena and has outscored its opponents 28-2.
The Badgers advanced to the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, March 22-24, in Hamden, Connecticut. Wisconsin will battle Clarkson in the semifinals round on Friday in a game that can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.